Welcome from Producing Artistic Director Terri Kent

Dear Porthouse family and friends,


The acronym LOL has two meanings. The first is Lots of Love. The second is Laugh Out Loud. Welcome to Porthouse Summer 2023.

We open with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Music Theatre International describes this comedy as:

Broadway’s greatest farce: light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent; one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. It is a nonstop laughfest. As the opening song announces “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”

Our second show is The Marvelous Wonderettes!

A smash Off-Broadway hit that takes you to 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ’50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” and “Stupid Cupid.” In Act II, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes, will keep you smiling in this trip down memory lane! 

We close with The Prom, winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical. Eric van Baars will return this summer to play the role of Barry. Broadway Direct describes this musical as:

…featuring uproarious laughs and show-stopping dance numbers. This new musical is about inspiring people to accept their differences, being the star you were always meant to be, and that immortal truth: There’s no business like getting in other people’s business.

Please note that we are making a few changes to our season schedule. Shows will now preview on Friday and open on Saturday. And we are adding a Saturday matinee to the second week of the run for each show! Be sure to keep a lookout for our subscriber renewal packages. They are coming soon!

I am looking forward to LOL, lots of love and laughter all summer long! 

Terri Kent

Producing Artistic Director